Open Internet Order

No one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, announcing a new policy that will treat the Internet as a utility.


A Temporary and Expensive Substitute

The fact is that an elaborate mechanical organization is often a temporary and expensive substitute for an effective social organization or for a sound biological adaptation.

— Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization    (qtd. in Baudrillard, System of Objects: 126)

Burke on Big Tech

I’m not too sure that, in the present state of Big Technology’s confusions, any educational policy, even if it were itself perfect and were adopted throughout the world, would be able to help much, when the world is so ardently beset by so much distress and malice.

Kenneth Burke, “Definition of Man” in Language as Symbolic Action (1966): 20.


The mere existence…

The mere existence of new technology neither creates nor magically solves cultural problems. In fact, their construction typically reinforces existing social divisions.

— danah boyd

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014): 156